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2020 Forums

The MIDP Forum seminar series is a student-driven seminar course that is interdisciplinary in scope. Speakers will be from academia, industry, regulatory agencies, entrepreneurs, and innovators. If you are interested in speaking to the Medical Innovator’s Development Program please email

October 7, 2020
Siloam House: Serving Those in Need Through Healthcare
Presenter: Morgan Wills
12-1 p.m. | Zoom

October 14, 2020
Turner Family Center: Collaborative Conversation About MIDP Involvement
Presenter: Kathleen Fuchs Hritz
12-1 p.m. | Zoom

October 21, 2020
Empathy Connects Us
Presenter: Gretchen Person
12-1 p.m. | Zoom

October 28, 2020
The Medivis Story
Presenter: Osamah Choudhry
12-1 p.m. | Zoom

Matt Gonda Forum

November 4, 2020
Matt Gonda
CEO and Co-Founder of Amytryx
12-1 p.m. | Zoom

Chris Booker Forum

November 11, 2020
Chris Booker
Partner, Frist Cressey Ventures
12-1 p.m. | Zoom

William Seibels Forum

November 18, 2020
William Seibels
CFO, IVX Health
12-1 p.m. | Zoom


January 15, 2020
Charting your own path: exploring differing approaches to a career in medicine and public policy
Presenter: Mario Ramirez, MD

January 29, 2020
Journey to Getting the $2million NIH grant for Handheld Robotic Prostate Surgery
Presenter: Duke Herrell, MD

February 12, 2020
Expressing Burdens through Art
Presenter: Jana Harper

February 19, 2020
Dynamics of Teams
Presenter: Jeremy Payne, EdD

February 26, 2020
Expressing Burdens through Art
Presenters: Jana Harper

March 25, 2020
Presenters: Jess Wen, PhD and Ariel Kniss, PhD

April 1, 2020
Portfolio Process and Self-Assessment
Presenters: Melanie Schuele, PhD and Ariel Kniss, PhD

April 8, 2020
How to Pitch and Know your Audience
Presenters: Stryker Warren

FDA 5 part forum series
Presenters: Nicky Grimes

May 27, 2020
Presenters: Matthew Smith and Philip Davis

June 3, 2020
Creating Successful Academic/Corporate Partnerships
Presenters: Dr. Travis Osterman

January 9, 2019
Reverence Series part 1 
Presenter: Gretchen Person and Andre Churchwell

January 16, 2019
Reverence series part 2 
Presenter: Gretchen Person and Andre Churchwell

January 23, 2019
Working in the nonprofit world 
Presenter: Pampee Paul Young

February 6, 2019
Strategies on Fostering Innovation 
Presenter: Elizabeth Meadows

February 13, 2019
Presenter: Laura Daniel

February 20, 2019
What Does Innovation In Public Libraries Look Like 
Presenter: Katherine Bryant

March 13, 2019
Influencing Innovation 
Presenter: Dr. Kevin Ward

March 20, 2019
Overview of FDA Regulatory Requirments 
Presenter: John “Nicky” Grimes

March 27, 2019
How to Study Your Device in Humans 
Presenter: John “Nicky” Grimes

April 3, 2019
Prediction Health 
Presenter: Ravi Atreya

April 10, 2019
The 510(K) Program 
Presenter: John “Nicky” Grimes

April 17, 2019
The Submission Program 
Presenter: John “Nicky” Grimes

May 22, 2019
How to Tweet
Presenter: Dr. Reed Omary

May 29, 2019
Greenlight Medical
Presenter: Austin Dirks

June 12, 2019
Director of Enterprise Analytics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Presenter: Ed Marx

August 28, 2019
Welcome back and overview of CQFD
Presenters: Jess Wen and Ariel Kniss

September 4, 2019
Medical Innovation Grand Rounds
Presenters: MIDP 3rd year students

September 11, 2019
Innovation in Respiratory Support
Presenter: Dr.Matthew Bachetta

September 25, 2019
What Residency Programs Look For
Presenter: Dr. Kyla Terhune

October 2, 2019
Turner Family Center Welcome
Presenter: Kathleen Fuchs Hritz

October 30, 2019
Applied Materials and Biomedical Engineering in Opthalmology
Presenter: Dr. Ed Chaum

November 6, 2019
Healers Art Program
Presenter: Dr.Andrew Wooldridge

November 13, 2019
Healers Art Program
Presenter: Dr.Andrew Wooldridge

September 12, 2018
Curriculum 2.0
Presenter: Dr.Neil Osheroff

September 19 & 26, 2018
Presenter: Dr.Matthew Walker

October 10, 2018
AI and Wearables in Healthcare
Presenter: Jerry Wilmink

October 17, 2018
Right Brain Activity
Presenter: Dr.Reed Omary

October 24, 2018
Presenter: Gretchen Person

November 7, 2018
Venture Capital Written in Pencil not Pen
Presenter: Monique Villa

November 14, 2018
Problem Solving in engineering and in Medicine
Presenter: Stanley Lapidus

November 28, 2018
Medical Devices
Presenter: Dr.Christopher Ellis

December 5, 2018
History of Innovation
Presenter: Ole Molvig